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NMDOT Installing New Stop Signs in Espanola

on August 16, 2012 - 10:54am

NMDOT News :

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have additional stop signs installed at two “T” intersections on N.M. 369 in the City of Espanola by Aug. 24.

The additional stop signs will help to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Upper San Pedro Road, and the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Lower San Pedro Road. 

Currently, there is only one stop sign at each “T” intersection.

The installation of the new stop signs means that traffic coming from all directions must now stop.

A portable electronic message board will be

Shelling Out Evidence: NIST Ballistic Standard Helps Tie Guns to Criminals

on August 16, 2012 - 8:29am

This cartridge case shows the three distinct marks, or "signatures," impressed on its surface when it was fired by a gun: the firing pin impression, the breech face impression and the ejector mark. NIST's standard casing ensures that forensic labs can accurately match signatures on shells found at crime scenes with images in a national database. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Thanks to a new reference standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement agencies will have an easier time linking the nearly 200,000 cartridge cases recovered annually at

Los Alamos Police Target Impaired Drivers

on August 16, 2012 - 7:41am

LAPD News:

During August and September, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct DWI checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints throughout the County of Los Alamos.

 

CodeRed Mobile Alert App Now Available

on August 15, 2012 - 5:26pm

COUNTY News:

An upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app is now available as a free download for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

With this upgrade, CodeRED Mobile Alert subscribers may now view weather alerts for the entire country, with previous access limited to a 500-mile radius.

CodeRED is the notification system used by Los Alamos County to alert residents to local emergencies.

To sign up, visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/Pages/Safety.aspx and click on CodeRed in the right sidebar.

The mobile app is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.

CONE ZONE: Road Construction for Week of Aug. 13

on August 12, 2012 - 9:56pm

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

School Flasher Testing

The Public Works Traffic Division staff will be testing the school flashers throughout the community on Monday, Aug 13, and Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 in preparation for the beginning of school on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department.

Pavement Preservation Program

Crews will be working on Range Road starting Monday, August 13,

LANL Protesters Plead 'Not Guilty' and Hunger Strike Continues

on August 9, 2012 - 9:59pm

Anti-nuclear peace activist, Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque, left, files a "not guilty" plea with Court Administrator Lisa Zuhn of the Los Alamos County Municipal Court. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Not Guilty

Los Alamos County Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk presided over this morning's arraignment of six demonstrators arrested Monday for blocking traffic during a protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Protesters Janet Greenwald, Barbara Grothus, Pam Gilchrist, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan each entered a written plea of "not

CONE ZONE: Week of Aug 6

on August 5, 2012 - 8:41pm
 
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
 
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.
 
Pavement Preservation Program
Crews will be working to finish on Cañada Way then moving to Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and the Longview. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

on August 5, 2012 - 10:11am

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...CHUSKA MOUNTAINS...FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY...NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS...NORTHWEST PLATEAU...SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS...WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE MOISTURE AND ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN PRODUCING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND

LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

County Issues Advisory to Protect Animals During Fair & Rodeo

on August 4, 2012 - 12:33pm

Photo: Horses with vesicular stomatitis show blanched raised or broken vesicles around the upper surface of the tongue, surface of the lips and around nostrils, corners of the mouth and the gums. Courtesy/Horsetalk

 

COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES News:   

The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is reporting that New Mexico is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS.) 

VS is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), and, as such, cases are required to be reported nationally and internationally. 

To minimize the spread of the disease and to help avoid

Flash Flood Warning Issued

on August 3, 2012 - 12:57pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Los Alamos County until 3 p.m. Aug 3.  Avoid flood areas.

FBI Seeks Identity of Woman Found Dead in Shiprock

on July 30, 2012 - 8:58am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an adult female whose body was found in an irrigation canal in the Paradise area of northern Shiprock in New Mexico.

The body was discovered at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

The woman is believed to have been Native American, approximately 25 to 40 years old. She was about 5’3” to 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 150 to 170 pounds.

She was wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue denim shorts, and Nike running shoes. Her hair was braided.

The cause of death is not being

CONE ZONE Update: Week of July 30

on July 29, 2012 - 10:22pm
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
 
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at http://www.losalamosnm.us/.
 
Diamond Drive near Golf Course
Starting Monday, July 30, after the morning commute, traffic control will be in place on Diamond Drive in the vicinity of the Golf Course to repair a leaking irrigation line. The outside lanes of both northbound and southbound traffic will be closed and the bike lanes will be shifted inwards to provide a safe work zone for shoulder work.

Udall, Bingaman & Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

on July 28, 2012 - 9:14pm
Sen. Tom Udall, right, tours the Santa Clara Pueblo burn area one year after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy photo
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Friday that more than $11 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara Pueblo following recent flooding in the area.
 
On July 13, the New Mexico officials wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, asking that federal funding dedicated for flood mitigation and

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 4 p.m.

on July 24, 2012 - 1:10pm

A Flash Flood Warning was issued at 1:07 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Los Alamos County until 4 p.m. today.

Avoid flood areas. Urgency: Immediate.

From the National Weather Services:

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO, EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND  
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO UNTIL 4 p.m.

Be Alert for Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season

on July 24, 2012 - 10:18am

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COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is reminding residents of the dangers of thunderstorms and flash flooding, which could be extremely high in the canyons of Los Alamos, due to last year's Las Conchas Wildfire.

Flash flooding occurs when precipitation falls too quickly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability.

The runoff collects in low-lying areas and rapidly flows downhill.

Flash floods most often occur in normally dry areas that have recently received precipitation, but may be seen anywhere downstream from the source of the precipitation, even many

Law Enforcement Explorers Hold National Conference

on July 24, 2012 - 8:36am

DEA News:

Ft. Collins, Colo. – Nearly 2,500 young men and women from all 50 states will took part in a week-long Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Explorers Conference on the campus of Colorado State University July16-20.

Students in the program learned law enforcement and fire/EMS skills and tips from some of the highest-ranking law enforcement and fire/EMS officials in the country including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, U.S.

Traffic Advisory: Proceed with Caution on N.M. 4

on July 24, 2012 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will continue its chip seal work on N.M. 4 this week between mile marker 59.0 and mile marker 51.5.

Between Monday, July 23 and Thursday, July 26, minor traffic delays can be expected on that stretch of road. 

Motorists will encounter one-lane road closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.with a flagging operation and pilot car escort.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution and observe traffic control signing and reduced speed limits. 

Bicycling through the work zone is “highly discouraged” due to the oily surface,

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 5:15 p.m.

on July 23, 2012 - 3:02pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Los Alamos County.

The Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m., today.

This is a severe alert ... avoid all flood areas ... take action immediately.

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Journey Through Indian Country Part 6: Gaining Invaluable Experience on the Reservation

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

For agents, the unique experience of working Indian Country crimes includes deploying—often by themselves—to remote sites within pueblos or reservations. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 6 is the final story in this series:

It wasn’t long after his arrival in Indian Country that Special Agent John Fortunato started carrying dog biscuits in his FBI vehicle.

Some of the wild dogs who roam the New Mexico reservations are a lot easier to befriend or distract when they are offered food.

That’s just one small example of how investigating crimes in Indian Country makes agents resourceful—and

LANL and County Close West Road to Vechicle Traffic

on July 19, 2012 - 5:12pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have decided today that, in the best interest of public safety, beginning Friday, July 20, West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

This road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

Residents who live in Western Area will have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive. Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road (NM 501).

Road Work on N.M. 4 - Bicyclists Beware

on July 18, 2012 - 7:59pm

Courtesy photo

New tar and gravel are being spread on N.M. 4 between the entrance to Bandelier National Monument and N.M. 501 to the Los Alamos turn off.

The New Mexico Transportation Department is requesting that bicyclists using N.M. 4 heed flaggers just as motorized vehicles must do.

There are reports that some bicyclists are ignoring the flaggers and are ending up between heavy equipment where it is not advisable to be located.

Cone Zone Alert: County to Close Portions of Central Avenue on Thursday

on July 18, 2012 - 3:37pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

In order to complete the final stages of utility water line work and installation of curb, gutter, drive pads, ramps and sidewalks associated with the new Municipal Complex, the Contractor will close westbound Central Avenue from 9thStreet to the new construction site entrances near Knecht Street at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

Westbound traffic on Central Avenue will be detoured onto 9th Street - north to Iris, then west to 15th Street.

The southbound lane of 9th Street will be intermittently closed between Iris and Central Avenue for curb, paving, utility

Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Address Verifications

on July 18, 2012 - 9:38am

SHERIFF'S OFFICE News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero checks his file during Monday's compliance verification operation, which the Sheriff's Office conducted throughout Los Alamos County to ensure that local registered sex offenders continue to reside at the address they have listed with the Sheriff's Office. Lucero said that his office was able to confirm compliance in all cases. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Deputy Sheriff John Horne, left, and Sheriff Marco Lucero at the home of a registered sex offender during the department's address verification operation Monday.

16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

on July 17, 2012 - 6:31am

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident,” said

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